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As some other reviewers have stated, there is a ton of extra background for context in this book. I found the background to be quite helpful in understanding the story. I only decided to read this book after visiting the Jim Thompson museum and I'm glad I did. He sure was an interesting man and this was a great read on all of the different theories of how he might have disappeared.
Goodreads provides reviewers with the option to "Hide entire review because of spoilers". This is a purely academic consideration in review of the work at hand. Jim Thompson vanished, seemingly into thin air. That is all we know. Was he abducted by the CIA in connection with his purported involvement with the escalating Vietnam conflict? Despite his experience and familiarity with the jungle, did he simply get lost or fall victim to the otherwise non-confrontational jungle-dwelling highlander na...
Jim Thompson, the American "King of Thai Silk" (not the likely more famous Jim Thompson, the Texas author of hard boiled noir thrillers) remains a legend in Bangkok even today, some 54 years after his mysterious disappearance in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. This book, originally published in 1970 and updated in 1998, by William Warren, someone who knew Thompson, does a fairly thorough job of going through all the theories about his disappearance--accident, kidnapping, political abduction,
For those unfamiliar with Jim Thompson, he is the person who revived the silk industry in Thailand. His silk items are works of art. His house stills stand and his stores still flourish. I wanted to know who an American came to love Thailand, crafted art and the more about his mysterious death. The first part of the book was good, but the later part, myths about what happened to him, were a bit redundant.
A well written semi-biography of the renowned business tycoon. To this day the name Jim Thompson is synonymous with Thai silk and still a premium brand for luxury fashion, even if the man himself has been gone for more than half a century. The book is split into two parts, the first detailing Thompson's journey to Thailand post WW2, his first forays in the hotel business and how he came to create the silk business that made his fortune. Truly a larger than life character, he was one of the most
This book is about not only Jim Thompsons mystery but also his life. I found Thompson's life interesting but the way the author wrote it made me want to bang my head against a wall ten times, scream in frustration so loudly that it would wake the neighborhood and punch a cushion with extra fluff. ( these are of course exaggerations)The first few chapters were necessary which was good. The middle was also good. The ending however just went on and on and on and on and on and on and on. OH MY GOODN...
What happened to Jim Thompson the ex pat who settled in Thailand and helped revive the silk industry and purchased a wealth of art to save for the nation. His body was never found and his mysterious disappearance continues to leave many unanswered questions. This book has brilliantly attempted to find answers but towards the end tended to be reptitious.
The Jim Thompson mystery, how a successful American silk manufacturer disappeared in the wilds of Malaysia was probably one of the first things I read in a guidebook about Thailand before visiting. So my first vacation while on the JET program was in Thailand and it was then that I first visited the beautiful traditional Thai-style Jim Thompson House preserved in Bangkok by the river. On subsequent return visits I often stop by to sit at the lotus pond of the cafe. I finally decided to read Will...
Poor Jim Thompson! This man is a legend in my own wardrobe. His silk legacy, his restaurant and his incredible house on the klong in Bangkok are testimony to what an extraordinary man he was. This book focuses on Jim’s disappearance and the theories around at the time. At times it dwells on theories that I consider ridiculous. However, the author was lucky enough to know JT and gives an interesting insight into his character.
I absolutely loved reading the story, especially being American and living in Thailand. I just wish we knew what actually happened to him! Definitely read this if you're looking for a mysterious story, but don't expect it to be written in that style. It's a straightforward read, pretty dry at times, actually, with several writing errors throughout. Even so, it held my attention to the end.
Very interested in the subject material after getting to visit the Jim Thompson house in Bangkok. Wish I would have be read this before! There are many details, it's not always presented chronologically, not always presented by topic, so it could get a bit confusing. However, enjoyed learning a good deal about Jim Thompson.
If you've ever visited Bangkok and visited the Jim Thompson House or his store, you will enjoy this book. Jim Thompson was an American expat who re-vitalized the Thai silk industry. This book tells the story of Jim's work in the silk industry and his disappearance in Malaysia in 1967. It reads like a novel and it made me want to go back to Bangkok and visit his house and shop again.
Learned so much about Jim and his personal life. Such a great read, made me come to couple possible conclusions on his disappearance. Only those who know the Jim Thompson story should read, otherwise it may be boring for you.
Read this over my vacation in Thailand. Bought this book off a visit from Jim Thompson home. Interesting how a man has received such a unique status in the Thai society.
It is certainly a story with twists and turns but stilla mystery..
theories on his disappearance
Very good Interesting
Jim Thompson: The Unsolved Mystery by William Warren is a book on Thompson's private life and what he has accomplished over the years. The book starts with a small introduction of his disappearance then the book talks about his early life, slowly building itself back up to the moment of the disappearance. The introduction of his disappearance starts with the Cameron Highlands and the history of the area. It is full of interesting facts and information about the area such as, the Cameron Highland...
I live in Thailand, am American so really liking this..5/5 so far ! As an American living in Bangkok this is a great read. Please buy this book. Amazing. I just wish they could figure out what happened to the poor guy.
Before a friend lent me this book I had never heard of its author, WIlliam Warren, and was thus sceptical as to what expect. Such a difficult story to tell, given the publicity surrounding Thompson's disappearance -- and the rumours, counter-rumours, conspiracy theories, gossip and general chit-chat that have flowed abundantly from Thompson's friends and acquaintances, strangers, journalists, mystics and charlatans over the almost 50 years since that fateful day of Easter Sunday, 1967.Warren has...
Did Jim Thompson simply loose his way when he was out taking a walk in a jungle area of the Cameron Highlands? Was he taken by a tiger, a tribe of elusive aborigines or did the CIA have something to do with his disappearance? When the American businessman and founder of the modern Thai silk industry vanished in 1967 he became the subject of a mystery that to date has not yet been solved. This book is an interesting read for anyone who has visited the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok or enjoy readin...
Jim Thompson, a former WWII OSS agent of IndoChina would later reside in Thailand, enthralled by it's culture and life-style became a very successful buinessman in the silk industry. The author who knew him personally, researches and analyzes each of the possible causes for Jim's disappearance. Whether kidnapped for interrogation by the communist of Indochina or the fatality of one of the numerous tiger pits - we'll never know.
Interesting story. The man just disappeared one day. He was well known throughout Asia and the United States. More than 40 years later, there are absolutely no clues---but lots of theories. I particularly enjoyed reading this story since we visited his home in Bangkok. A true story.
Very interesting account of the silk executive Jim Thompson in Thailand who mysteriously disappeared in 1967 in the Cameron Highlands of the Malaysian peninsula. If you like legends, conspiracy theories and real life drama, it's a terrific read.
Interesting that Jim Thompson reinvented himself so many times in his life -- from a popular architect in NY (despite his lack of a degree) to silk merchant in Thailand to Thai art collector.
Well written book about the life and disappearance of Jim Thomson. Worth reading.
Fascinating man, fascinating story, and a fascinating mystery never solved.
The man behind the Thai silk revival (sic). I good read that details his life(s?) and suggests theories of his disappearance/death.